Man shot after dog causes gun to go off
A duck hunter in Utah ended up on the wrong end of his shotgun over the Thanksgiving weekend.
December 1st, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Man shot after dog causes gun to go off

A Utah hunter was on the mend Wednesday after surviving a gunshot wound from man’s best friend - yes, a dog.

While authorities don't know all the particulars, this much is certain, hospital crews had to extract 27 pellets of birdshot from the man, according to news reports.

The incident happened over the weekend when two men and a canine set up to go duck-hunting in the Great Salt Lake near a bird refuge outside Brigham City, according to CNN affiliate KSL.

Before the hunting could commence, one of the men, a 46-year-old from Brigham City, got out of his boat and laid his 12-gauge shotgun across the bow of the vessel, KSL reported.

From there, it gets weird.

"The dog got excited, was jumping around inside the boat and then it jumped on the gun. It went off, shooting the (man) in the buttocks," Box Elder County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Kevin Potter told the Salt Lake City Tribune. The man was apparently setting up decoys when the gun went off, said Potter.

But how – exactly – did this happen?

The dog "did something to make the gun discharge," Potter told KSL. "I don't know if the safety device was on. It's not impossible the dog could have taken it off safety," he was quoted as saying.

Sunday's accident wasn't the only strange occurrence over the Thanksgiving weekend involving outdoorsmen. In North Carolina, fishermen encountered a great white shark - but it didn't shoot them.

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  1. nitadf

    But I bet you when his friends ask him what kind of dogs he has he says "Hunting Dogs" so he was just living up to his stereotype.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • nate romero

      i go hunting all the time with my grandpa and his's dog and to think the gun went off when the dog did something i dont think so.

      December 1, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nitadf

    When he got shot....did he scream out.....YOU SOB......?

    December 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Larry

    I have seen dogs step on shot guns and blow holes in trucks. The gun is laying flat on the left hand side, the dog steps on the safety pushing it across and ready to fire and while dancing around steps on the trigger.,,,but catching him full bore in the butt,,,,I would have to ask where the other guy was when this happened. I wonder if the man who was shot was fooling around with the other guys wife?

    December 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      I suppose I could understand if you saw this ONCE, but –

      "I have seen dogs step on shot guns and blow holes in trucks." So, you have seen this happen SEVERAL TIMES? Your friends wouldn't be name Curley and Moe, would they?

      December 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • andres

      Larry, for your safety, I'd get a different group of friends to hunt with, these current ones are as dumb as wood.

      December 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pete/Ark

    I made my dog take a firearms safety course when he was just a pup...

    December 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kmckimmy

    haha, i love the last paragraph In North Carolina, fishermen encountered a great white shark – but it didn't shoot them. haha

    December 1, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. andres

    What a moron!! "Somehow the gun went off!" Why do people listen to this rationalization that somehow guns go off. I hunt and when my gun is not in my hands, the chamber is empty, no matter how determined my gun is to 'go off' it won't. And the dog would have to be pretty damn determined to grow a pair of thumbs to load it just so it could shoot me.. This moron did not follow safety procedures and laid a loaded gun down and got just what he deserved.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. andres

    I just noticed, CNN put this in the justice section, Pretty darn funny as justice is exactly what the gun owner got

    December 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)

    The justice being, Every dog has his day.

    December 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom polkins

    The hunter got what he deserved for blaming all his farts on the poor dog.

    December 1, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jtimothy

    And the revolution of dogs begin.

    December 1, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kim

    I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks!

    December 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)

    The Planet of the Dogs. How it all began.

    December 1, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jon

    It sounds like this hunter got a taste of his own medicine. Now he knows how the animals feel when he shoots them.

    December 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. michael

    True, Jon. Good for him. I hope he's scarred.

    December 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. M in Oz

    Give me a brea "man's best friend" did not shoot him, his own negligence caused him to be shot (he loaded the gun and he left the loaded gun laying around). Human error once again (the dog should be passive in the article).

    December 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      * Give me a break

      December 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
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